Premier League: It’s difficult to stay in the race with Chelsea, claims Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits his side is finding it hard to stay within range of Premier League leaders Chelsea.

The Reds were held to a 2-2 draw by West Ham United on Sunday which has them sitting in third position on 31 points, six behind the barnstorming Blues.

Chelsea beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 on Sunday to clinch their ninth consecutive league win and Klopp is well aware that hauling in Antonio Conte’s men will be a huge challenge in itself.

He said: “It’s difficult to stay in the race with Chelsea when they win everything, which we obviously haven’t!

“When we were first or second I didn’t think about it, which is what I said. I am pretty sure I said this is the moment to collect points as much as possible.

“The season is very long, as everyone knows, and the most intense time is coming now. Chelsea until now could play nearly the whole time with exactly the same team, Arsenal nearly the same, United had a few problems probably I am not sure, and Tottenham lost Kane.

“That’s how it is. We are a real skilled team and our expectation is that we are in the top region of the table – that’s where we want to be in the decisive part of the season and then we can talk about what’s possible.

“In this moment, six points [behind] it’s not what we wish but we cannot change it, the only thing we can do is do what we can do best.”

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